Posted by: livingscripture | October 22, 2010

Twenty Ninth Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

There was once a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and he came in search of fruit on it but found none…

                                                        Luke 13: 6                  

 How should we live this Word 

Today, Jesus stresses our responsibility for our salvation.  We have all received the gift of life from God with the task of making our seed bear fruit.  Evil exists, both in creation and in human beings.  This is a fact that accompanies us throughout life and it cannot be explained rationally.  But God is a merciful Father.  He loved us so much that He sent His Son to live among us to teach us to read our existence at a deeper level.  There is evil and our whole life is an attempt to defend ourselves against it.  We need to face evil, united to Jesus who came to save us and to call us to conversion of life. 

In truth, evil is not the suffering of millions of people who bear hunger, violence, injustice.  These are caused by natural disasters or by the evil that is born in human hearts and makes them act this way.  God, who is merciful, does not cut down the unproductive tree immediately but gives us time to be converted.  Salvation counts in view of eternal life.                                                           

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will consider my motivations; are they really on the Lord’s account?  Do I seek to serve Him day by day?  Is my attitude one of conversion and of spiritual growth or do I let myself slip into transgressions?

 Lord Jesus, strengthen my will.  Grant that I may want what is best for me and for others.  Help me to follow Your Word, You who are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. 

The voice of Eckhart Tolle, Contemporary Witness 

Suffering is not inflicted by God but by humans on themselves and their kind and by certain defensive measures of the Earth.  The Earth is a living and intelligent organism and tries to protect itself from the assaults of human folly.  By way of suffering, we can arrive at enlightenment.

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